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NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! After a distinguished NFL career that saw him play for the New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders, Richard Seymour was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Seymour was selected by New England with the sixth overall choice in 2001. Throughout his career, he was selected to the Pro Bowl seven times and was an All-Pro three times. With the Patriots, he played on three championship teams and finished with 57.5 sacks and 498 total tackles.
Seymour honored former NFL head coach Bill Belichick and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft during his address. He made light of Tom Brady, who was chosen one year earlier.
After the New England Patriots defeated the Carolina Panthers 32-29 to win Super Bowl XXXVIII on February 1, 2004, in Houston, Richard Seymour is seen with the Vince Lombardi Trophy. (Michael Conroy, File/AP Photo)
Seymour remarked, “We had a young quarterback, but we made it work.
Despite the honors and successes, he claimed that he was taught from a young age never to look at figures.
Stats can be for losers, as we used to say with the Patriots, the former defensive lineman added. I was instructed to act in a selfless manner.
Seymour asserted that he thought the Patriots’ defensive-heavy teams won the first three Super Bowls of their dynasty. The team’s first championship came in 2001, when Seymour was a rookie. Ty Law, Tedy Bruschi, Lawyer Milloy, and Roman Phifer were the defensive leaders for that group.
By 2003 and 2004, Seymour would take the lead and start to come into his own, joining Rodney Harrison, Willie McGinest, Bruschi, and Law.
On September 14, 2008, at East Rutherford, New Jersey, Richard Seymour of the New England Patriots reacts after sacking Brett Favre of the New York Jets. (Julie Jacobson, File, AP Photo)
“The teams who won the first three Super Bowls were all dominated on defense. I believe that’s when the transformation for us truly got going. At that point, Brady truly cemented his identity. Afterward, it actually just took off. I completely get that offense sells. However, the defense was the engine of those early teams “says he.
Former teammate of Seymour’s and current Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel also endorsed Seymour’s Hall of Fame career.
“He brought an attitude. He brought a disposition, “said Vrabel. “Even as a young player, he kept on pushing opponents. He may have been in his second or third year, but he had the skills and self-assurance to push players who were perhaps in their sixth or seventh year.”
In Canton, Seymour’s bust will always be remembered.
On Friday, August 5, 2022, Richard Seymour, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2022, will get his gold jacket in Canton, Ohio. AP Photographer: Gene J. Puskar
He said via the Patriots’ website , “I’m humbled today with humility not because of what this moment says about ‘we’ and what ‘we’ can do together, but what this moment says about ‘we’ and what ‘we’ can do individually. “I’m incredibly grateful because none of us arrived here by ourselves; I didn’t. None of us were able to. I couldn’t be in better company than you, Class of ’22. They say you can tell a lot about a guy by the company he keeps. It is an honor for my name to be inextricably linked to yours in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.”
This report was made possible by the Associated Press.
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